MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) – The body of a 30-year-old woman who has been missing since last month has been found in Alton, Ill., according to a news release.
Courtney Coats was last seen November 25 leaving her home on foot. Her dismembered body was discovered along the shoreline of the Illinois River in East Hardin near the Joe Page Bridge.
Investigators said Coats had been strangled and her throat slashed.
Two people were arrested and charged for Coats' murder: 28-year-old Patrick Chase and 30-year-old Brandon Chittum. Chase was Coats' live-in boyfriend and Chittum was Chase's friend.
Investigators said there was a history of domestic violence between Chase and Coats.
The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged Chase and Chittum with first-degree murder, dismembering a human body, and concealment of a homicide. Bond for each suspect was set at $1 million.
If convicted, the murder charge carries a penalty of 20 to 60 years in prison. The dismemberment charge carries a term of six to 30 years in prison, and an additional two to five years on the concealment charge. The defendants must serve 100 percent of their sentences.